Neil Gaiman plays the part of the Goblin King in a humourous holiday video, although thankfully, doesn’t try and replicate the overly tight wardrobe.
For those who haven’t seen the movie – which is worth watching, if only for the cool puppets – Sarah, played by a very young Jennifer Connelly, wishes that goblins would come and take her baby brother Toby away. Naturally, she’s more than a little surprised when the goblins – led by their king, Jareth – actually turn up and claim him.
Sarah pleads with the goblins to give her back the child, so the King, played by David Bowie, sporting a mullet and some terribly tight tights, makes Sarah a deal. If she can reach the center of his labyrinth within 13 hours, she can have her brother back. If she fails, however, the baby becomes a goblin forever.
The parody video recreates Sarah fateful first steps into the maze, where a helpful worm showed her that she couldn’t make assumptions about the labyrinth, and had to look at things without preconceptions. Gaiman’s version is a teensy bit shorter, as the kindly worm is replaced with a villainous sock puppet, who leads Sarah to a rather messy end.
It’s always nice to discover that someone whose work you admire also has a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to make themselves look silly occasionally. I’m actually hoping this becomes a Gaiman/Palmer holiday tradition, as there are plenty of movies that could be enhanced through the use of villainous sock puppets.